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Old Jun 26, 2003, 2:42 PM   #1
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I have purchased a Fuji Finepix S602 zoom. The manual says it takes smart media and compact flash, type I and II. Can you tell me what is compact flash type II? And, what's the difference between type I and type II? Thank you.
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Old Jun 27, 2003, 1:15 PM   #2
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Type II is a thicker card but used the same connector. The IBM microdrive requires a type II slot. I'm not aware of any solid state card that doesn't fit a type I slot. Solid state has more durability than microdrive and high performance cards have exceed the microdrive's megabyte/$ ratio and have better speed so there's no reason to consider the microdrive any more IMO.
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Old Jun 27, 2003, 1:31 PM   #3
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Solid state has more durability than microdrive and high performance cards have exceed the microdrive's megabyte/$ ratio and have better speed so there's no reason to consider the microdrive any more IMO
Padeye ...That is true when looking at the paper specs, but in a 602 the paper speeds of CF mean little when the design of buffering was optimised to stream movie capture to an ATA device like the MD.

True, there are now some 30-40 times cards like Transcend which have been found to work. But 602 owners should be comparing prices with these high end spec CF cards, and then be prepared to take a gamble - would you at this price without some confidence or money back guarantee?
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Old Jun 27, 2003, 5:08 PM   #4
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Type II is a thicker card but used the same connector. The IBM microdrive requires a type II slot. I'm not aware of any solid state card that doesn't fit a type I slot.
It has only been in the recently (the last year?) that really big CF cards have been available in Type I size. They used to only be available in Type II. I remember when the largest you could get in Type I was 128MB (because that's the biggest I could get back then).

At the time I puchased my 1GB microdrive, a 1GB Type II CF card was (significantly) more expensive. It was probably the same case with 340MB/512MB cards..... Of course, I bought it more for show....because a 256MB card would've been sufficient until recently.

A 512MB card would probably do the job now, but I'm planning to get a 1GB card eventually....since anything smaller would be a downgrade

Here's some news releases from the past about Type II CF cards....

http://www.dpreview.com/news/9906/99060801pretec.asp
http://www.dpreview.com/news/9907/99...elkin_cfii.asp
http://www.dpreview.com/news/9911/99...icontypeii.asp

In fact you need to be careful if you must have Type I cards....some online sellers are offeringl 1GB CF cards for cheap...but neglect to tell you what type they are....

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Old Jun 28, 2003, 4:45 PM   #5
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Everything you need to know about any type of flash memory card can be found here:

http://www.steves-digicams.com/flash_memory.html





And info about high-capacity CF type I and II cards is here:

http://www.steves-digicams.com/high-...y_storage.html



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